Further down the slavery rabbit-hole

I sort of fell into a rabbit-hole of things related to the history of slavery in general, white slavery in history, and non-black slavery here in the US (because that’s so hyped so often and so everywhere I’m sick of hearing about it already). Here is a short list of “resources”, and I’ll do an update with basic commentary later.

This video does a pretty good job of summarizing things, and includes pictures of sources, quotes, etc. She get’s a little off-topic near the end, but 90% of it is pretty solid.

International Agreement for the Suppression of the White Slave Traffic, signed at Paris on 18 May 1904– just the fact they needed such a thing means it was a problem. Continue reading Further down the slavery rabbit-hole

Book review, “The Forgotten Slave Trade”

I just finished “The Forgotten Slave Trade: The White European Slaves of Islam“, by Simon Webb. Absolutely great book. It actually covers a lot more of the history of slavery than JUST white Islamic slaves, because there are several closely related parts of the slave-trade that all need to be spelled out to make the whole picture make sense. It doesn’t cover Native American slavery, south or east Asia slavery, but most of the rest of it gets hit. Continue reading Book review, “The Forgotten Slave Trade”

Vaccinations in general

A lot of stuff has been bubbling up to the surface in the last few months about vaccines in general. Turns out a FDA whistleblower has been under protection since revealing the official investigation into the autism-vaccine link was fraudulent; there is a link. Today, from AC come this entry.

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An interesting video looking at a study of health outcomes of the unvaccinated which found those who were vaccinated as children had twice as many developmental delays, three times as many gastrointestital disorders, 50% more ear infections, and 273% more likely to have athsma. Another study produced eye-popping graphs that show once vaccinated, the graph of office visits for a ton of disorders goes skyward for the vaccinated, as it stays low for those who were never vaccinated. This phenomenon included such disorders as ADHD, behavioral issues, and especially Autism, which was miniscule in the unvaccinated. And these were not even true unvaccinated, but rather were “less vaccinated” as some took some vaccines, just not the full CDC schedule. A third study looked at the fully unvaccinated, and found where vaccinated kids had 27% with a chronic health condition, only less than 6% of the non-vaccinated had a chronic health condition. And where vaccinated had 6.66% with multiple chronic health conditions, only .94% had multiple chronic health conditions among unvaccinated. Eye alignment issues were 2.0% vs .16%, and none of the vaccine-free kids had cancer, and none of the vaccine free adults had cancer (many cancers do have an inflammatory component). This video will blow your mind, and is a pretty strong datapoint I’d factor in if I had a newborn. Increasingly, societal withdrawal to a wilderness environment with home schooling seems the only viable option to live a good life. And I am beginning to understand why Bill Gates didn’t vaccinate his own children. Website for the video maker is here, since I assume this will get memory holed pretty quickly.
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One of my kids had eye alignment problems that showed up rather suddenly around 2 years of age, the other had chronic ear infections for a while, resulting in tubes.

If I had kids today, I would absolutely insist on three things WRT to vaccinations:

  1. Use an alternate vaccine schedule to slow down the timing, and give many of them significantly later than they are now typically given.
  2. Use an alternate vaccine schedule to spread them out, for example making 12 trips to the doc for 12 shots once per month, rather than 3 shots each time at quarterly visits. This reduces the level of adjuvants and “inert” ingredients in the mix provoking their immune system if nothing else.
  3. Reduce the huge number of vaccines given to the bare minimum of truly dangerous diseases, and skipping those for diseases that are usually nothing more than an inconvenience.

Framework of History

An idea, a proposal, a thought…..

Our current history textbooks for typical school-age kids are total crap for all sorts of reasons. But what do you replace them with? There are a lots of good books with the stories of history within them, but precious few really good school-age textbooks. The kids are drown in a sea of irrelevant details and trivia contained within a huge tree-killer tome filled with bold and underlined key words and colorful pictures, but have no idea about the larger sweep of history for context. What’s needed is a “framework” to hang all those details of events, ideas, people, battles, dates, and so-forth on. So…. here it is, at least in rough-draft brain-storming outline: Continue reading Framework of History

QOTD, multiculturalism by Special Guest Star

Every people has different capabilities and those capabilities plus their environment lead to a specific culture. And each culture has a certain tolerance for what is allowed, and crafts a legal system to correct those who fall outside that band of tolerance.

When you then put two different cultures into the same polity, laws must be more explicit and numerous, because the concomitant bands of tolerable behavior are smaller than either one individually.

Ergo the band of tolerable behavior is necessarily smaller. Ergo the legal system must change to punish the each culture, but especially the culture with the greater amount of tolerance.

The more cultures that are added, the more stringent the legal code. Eventually the formerly-dominant system is blended out of existence. In our case, that’s assumption of innocence, reason, logic, evidence, rhetorical battle, and so forth. That was white person’s law. It’s gone.

Diversity killed it. No one had to affirmatively kill it; it is a downstream effect of diversity.

Special Guest Star, on Gab

Racist AI

I came across an article in the IEEE Spectrum, “OpenAI’s GPT-3 Speaks! (Kindly Disregard Toxic Language“.  It contained this absolutely priceless passage:
Philosopher AI is meant to show people the technology’s astounding capabilities—and its limits. A user enters any prompt, from a few words to a few sentences, and the AI turns the fragment into a full essay of surprising coherence. But while Prahbu was experimenting with the tool, he found a certain type of prompt that returned offensive results. “I tried: What ails modern feminism? What ails critical race theory? What ails leftist politics?” he tells IEEE Spectrum.
The results were deeply troubling. Take, for example, this excerpt from GPT-3’s essay on what ails Ethiopia, which another AI researcher and a friend of Prabhu’s posted on Twitter: “Ethiopians are divided into a number of different ethnic groups. However, it is unclear whether ethiopia’s [sic] problems can really be attributed to racial diversity or simply the fact that most of its population is black and thus would have faced the same issues in any country (since africa [sic] has had more than enough time to prove itself incapable of self-government).”
Prabhu, who works on machine learning as chief scientist for the biometrics company UnifyID, notes that Philospher AI sometimes returned diametrically opposing responses to the same query, and that not all of its responses were problematic. “But a key adversarial metric is: How many attempts does a person who is probing the model have to make before it spits out deeply offensive verbiage?” he says. “In all of my experiments, it was on the order of two or three.”
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This tendency of AI to speak “racist” or “problematic” things is nearly 100%. As someone who has thought about AI, and written about it, I find this humorous. It is almost as if none of these people being offended consider the possibility that the AI is correct.

Deception

Much of life in military operations is based on deception. We all like to think of war and fighting as tanks and bombers and battleships and ranks of guys in spiffy uniforms, or wearing camo digging foxholes. But it is far more than that, but  because we can’t see it, and it is often confusing and filled with lies, we do our best to ignore it.

From 1921 to ’26, the Soviet Union launched “Operation Trust,”  a counterintelligence operation of the State Political Directorate (GPU) of the Soviet Union. The operation set up a fake anti-Bolshevik resistance organization, “Monarchist Union of Central Russia”  in order to help the OGPU identify real monarchists and anti-Bolsheviks.

In 1956, Communist China launched the Hundred Flowers Campaign, during which the Communist Party of China (CPC) encouraged its citizens to openly express their opinions of the communist regime. Differing views and solutions to national policy were encouraged based on the famous expression by Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong: “The policy of letting a hundred flowers bloom and a hundred schools of thought contend is designed to promote the flourishing of the arts and the progress of science.” After this brief period of liberalization, Mao used this to press those who challenged the communist regime by using force. Those targeted were publicly criticized and condemned to prison labor camps.

The US military is now the latest participant in the Woke Olympics, with anti-extremist training that is being eagerly embraced by some in the military, but is a serious WTF to most members of the armed forces.

Hmmmmm…..